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I can think of at least two ways off the top of my head¹, that don't involve discrediting xscreensaver's downstreams or shouting at users. Daniel ¹ - include the release date, advice to upgrade, and a statement that upstream won't accept bug reports, all rendered in the typical running text font, wherever the version number is displayed; or - route users' bug reports to upstream through a web page that explains the issue; or - route users' bug reports to upstream through a web form that has a "Version number:" field and gives the "Out of date" error if the user filled in an old version number. However, as a user I find these warnings rude and obnoxious, and I wish my computer not to be obnoxious to me.

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More than half of the time said acenine devs have no clue what they are coding.Now, let's see why this warning message is not the way to go.I have more than 1300 packages installed in the system, and I suspect that most Debian users have a lot more.-- Jamie Zawinski https://org/ https:// screensaver. ion3 (stubborn license), micq (stating disagreement between upstream and packager to users).text font, wherever the version number is displayed; or I don't think "advice to upgrade" is much better than the current situation, except that it doesn't involve CAPS-LOCK and exclamation marks. `' | 4096R: 2517 B724 C5F6 CA99 5329 6E61 2FF9 CD59 6126 16B5 `- | 1024D: F067 EA27 26B9 C3FC 1486 202E C09E 1D89 9593 0EDE It is not a joke, I've also noticed the message today, I was writing a but report when I've noticed it was already reported.But you can't then complain that you have to read bugs about old version, that would be quite contradictory indeed.

Subscribing to a package or to a bug is like a mailing list, it's either all or nothing.

It comes with version 5.30 of xscreensaver, which was released in september 2014, not even 2 years ago...

If you consider 2 years "incredibly-out of date", then do not follow Debian bugs, since Debian is released about every 2 years...

Build from source.)\n" ), Please disable these warnings. I know that the author has placed a Big Fat Warning in senescent_p() asking distro maintainers not to remove those warnings.

However, as a user I find these warnings rude and obnoxious, and I wish my computer not to be obnoxious to me.

As said in another mail in the thread, Debian users are supposed to report bugs to the Debian BTS, to save you the old-bug reports.